Book: The Old Man and Me by R. C. Larlhamcategories: Book, Coming of Age, Humor, Postwar America, Family Relationships, Growing Up, 1940s America, 1950s America, Short Stories, Everyday Life, School Days, Life with Horses, Memoir
R. C. Larlhamabout this book: The Old Man and Me is my childhood to adult coming-of-age memoir about life in the 1940s and 1950s. Told in short story form, the fifty-three chapters concentrate on my relationship with my father (The Old Man), and to a lesser degree with the rest of my family and my schoolmates. I began writing about this relationship convinced that I had been the victim of unfair parenting and demands far beyond my abilities. As I wrote the episodes of my life (in no particular order, which made construction of the book an interesting exercise), I came to the realization that I was not only proud of my father, but that I loved him and that I had, often consciously, emulated him as I grew older. As I wrote, a life I considered at the time onerous, boring and often nearly unendurable became in retrospect a life of adventures, changes and discovery. I learned, for instance, what it really means to "go all in" when my parents, a welder and a nurse, started what has become the premier care facility in Ohio for Developmentally Disabled persons. They bet their entire futures on their ability to do it right, with nothing to go on but faith and courage. My entire life isn't here (in fact, there is a Book II with a third in the works), but my growth from child to manhood is well described.
At about a hundred and twenty thousand words worth of stories it became obvious (to internet friends, not me) that a book needed to be created. So I did my best to put the events into chronological order and fill in some extreme gaps, and then I sent it out to find a publisher, which it did on the second try.
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